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Amiya Kumar Hazra

 

Photo of Hazra courtesy of TrustMeher.com

Amiya Kumar Hazra (18 October 1931 – 24 March 2012), noted disciple of Meher Baba, was surely one of the heroes in Baba’s love. An English professor by profession, he published several Baba books in English: The Memoirs of a Zetetic, Of Men and Meher Baba, and Seekers of Love.

Trust Meher.org  reported that Amiya Kumar Hazra passed away to join his Eternal Beloved on 24 March 2012 at approximately 11:00 a.m. at his hometown of Jabalpur after a short illness. His age was given as around 82 years, although his book The Memoirs of a Zeteticrecords his birth year as 1931.

On Thursday March 29th at 11:00 am dear Professor Hazra’s ashes will be brought to Meherabad and scattered on the hill.


Wise words on Surrender from Amiya

“When you are traveling with Baba through life’s journey, what does it matter what you do? Provided you offer it all to Baba. Baba said, ‘Every day when you go back to your bed to sleep, you say, “Baba, whatever I have done from the morning to this moment, I leave it to You. I give it up to You.” Then whatever you have done, you will be free from all bindings.’ But it has to be so sincere. Are we ready for that sort of surrender, giving up all that is good and not good to Baba?”

 

Amiya’s wife Gauri predeceased him. He leaves behind a large extended family and collection of loving friends, including elder son Meher Kumar; younger son Aabir; daughter Mita, her husband Mintoo Mukherjee (these are family nicknames; I do not have the Mukherjees’ given names), and their two sons, Titoo and Betoo. Sankalpa Shrivastava has lived with Amiya for years, with his wife Meheru and little son. Sankalpa and Aabir were Amiya’s caregivers. Next door is Apapu, whose family has been close to Amiya, as were Dr. Rohitas, and Niket and Meera Kale & family, and of course Keith Gunn, Amiya’s coauthor (who kindly gave us the survivors’ names), and I am sure many other people from India and the West.

For more on Prof. Hazra, please visit the page “Meher Baba’s Letters to Amiya Hazra” at TrustMeher.org.

For an excerpt from his unforgettable Memoirs of a Zetetic, please see the Love Street Breezes public Facebook page.

For reviews of two of Prof. Hazra’s books, see Kendra’s Notebook.

More stories from Prof. Hazra’s writings are in the Avatar Meher Baba Anthology:

How Fortunate Were We Indeed

To Obey Me Is Like Riding Your Own Shoulders

I Clung at Each and Every Thing

If Somehow I Could Touch His Hand

You Have to Become God


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